Brookdale Avenue Reopens to Traffic

June 26, 2017
By By Bob Peters and Kevin Lajoie

Cornwall Ontario – Brookdale Avenue, one of the main transportation routes linking Cornwall to Akwesasne and New York State, has fully reopened to traffic.

Officials gathered this morning to mark the re-opening of roadway which also signifies the end fo a major development project that involved the construction of a new bridge linking Cornwall to Cornwall Island.

The last phase of the extensive multi-year reconstruction project involved the replacement of underground services and the reconstruction of Brookdale Avenue from Water Street and the international bridge crossing to the traffic circle at Seventh Street. This final phase was preceded by replacement of the former high-level bridge crossing at Cornwall with a new low-level crossing to Cornwall Island.

The new bridge opened in 2014.

“The Federal Bridge Corporation is pleased to mark the opening of Brookdale Avenue, an important milestone as we near completion of the $74.8-million North Channel Bridge project,” said Natalie Kinloch, Chief Financial and Operating Officer at Federal Bridge Corporation. “The FBCL engineering team led these works, in close collaboration with the City of Cornwall and Louis W. Bray Construction Ltd., to rehabilitate this main artery following the demolition of the high-level bridge.”

One of Cornwall’s main arteries, Brookdale Avenue, also serves as a key gateway to the City for visitors via the crossing to Akwesasne and the United States at the south end and the Highway 401 entrance to the north.

“The City of Cornwall took advantage of this work by making significant investments in the underground infrastructure on Brookdale Avenue,” said Mayor Leslie O’Shaughnessy. “We are very appreciative of the public’s patience and cooperation while this multi-year rehabilitation project was completed.”

The revamped artery includes a sidewalk on the east side and a recreational path on the west side, making it more accessible for not only motorists but cyclists and pedestrians as well.

“This project has been a key part of the City’s Asset Management Plan with major storm sewer, sanitary sewer and watermain replacement being completed,” said John St. Marseille, General Manager, Infrastructure & Municipal Works. “We continue to take steps towards making Cornwall more accessible for all forms of transportation. This project is yet another example of that.”

Brookdale Avenue will be further enhanced with the planting of new trees and additional landscape features in the coming weeks.

About Brookdale Avenue

Brookdale Avnenue runs North-South connecting traffic from Highways 401 and 138 to City roads and eventually to the International Bridge. The road is the busiest in Cornwall, reaching close to 20,000 vehicles per day.  It is home to many businesses including hotels, restaurants and retail plazas, and provides easy access to the Benson Centre and other City landmarks.

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